Puppy found in permafrost believed to be 18,000 years old

Scientists in Russia display a puppy found preserved in permafrost in eastern Siberia believed to be 18,000 years old. It was found remarkably well-preserved with fur, teeth and even whiskers. Radiocarbon dating was carried out by Swedish scientists. (Dec. 2)

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19 killed as bus plunges onto frozen river in Russia | AFP

Emergency responders work on the site where a passenger bus has plunged off a bridge onto a frozen river in Siberia on Sunday, killing 19 of the more than 40 people on board, authorities said. IMAGES

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Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings | AFP

Russia launches the world’s first floating nuclear reactor, sending it on an epic journey across the Arctic, despite environmentalists warning of a “Chernobyl on ice.” Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov left the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to Pevek in northeastern Siberia. of the launch

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Russia raids rehab centre where addicts ‘handcuffed to beds’ | AFP

Law enforcement raid an illegal rehab center in Siberia where “patients”, drug addicts or alcoholics, were forcibly detained, handcuffed to their beds and severely beaten into abandoning their addiction.

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Siberians flock to toxic lake for ‘Maldives’ selfies | AFP

An industrial dump site in Siberia whose turquoise lake resembles a tropical paradise has become a magnet for Instagrammers who risk their health in the toxic water to wow online followers.

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Russia is digging permafrost in search of diamonds | AFP

Diamonds are forever, and so is the permanently frozen ground of Yakutia in north eastern Siberia, home to huge diamond deposits that ensure Russia’s supremacy as the world’s leading diamond producer.

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Polar bear spotted in Russian city

An emaciated polar bear has been sighted in a Russian industrial city in Siberia, far south of its normal hunting grounds. A local wildlife enthusiast, and tour guide, Oleg Krashevsky filmed the bear as it wandered exhaustedly looking for food.

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Fireball streaks across skies of Siberia

A meteor lit up the sky in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Saturday leaving commuters awestruck.

The fireball exploded above city’s skyline at around 7pm local time.

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Ice-fishing lovers gather on planet’s deepest lake, Baikal

Every year, more than a thousand fishing enthusiasts from Europe, Asia and even Africa meet on the thick ice of Baikal in Siberia to compete on the frozen banks of the world’s deepest lake, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, the record was broken with 1,400 participants in 350 teams.

Anti-migrant anger & racial tensions arise in Yakutsk following abduction and rape of local woman

Angry residents held sporadic rallies and trashed migrant-operated shops in Siberia after a man from Central Asia allegedly raped a local woman. The high-profile case prompted authorities to vow crack down on illegal immigration.

Over the past few days, residents of Yakutsk in eastern Russia attacked and harassed migrants from Central Asia. They also targeted migrant-owned businesses.

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The most northerly African in the world

Mark Babatunde is a Nigerian who settled down in the coldest place in Russia. He works as a Chinese and English language teacher at a school in Yakutia, Siberia.

Right now he plans to make a series of videos on YouTube to explain how to live (or survive?) in Yakutia — one of the coldest places on the planet.

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Russia hosts winter Universiade: 3,000 athletes from 50 nations to compete in Krasnoyarsk

Siberia will be a hotspot of world-class winter #sports action for the next couple of weeks.
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Siberia scrambles to contain swine fever after infected shipment

Russian authorities scramble to seize swine fever-infected sausages after getting test results from an eight-tonne shipment that had crossed the border from Mongolia. The agriculture watchdog in the Siberian region of Buryatia said in a press release it would destroy the infected meat that was imported on January 30. A store chain in Ulan-Ude, the region’s main city, was offering to give customers twice the amount they paid for any sausage returned.